Avoca Private Bush Camp is a safari retreat for friends and family in the revered Timbavati Nature Reserve, which can be booked on a self-catering or fully catered basis. Open to the Kruger National Park, yet occupying private land, Avoca offers a unique experience.
Avoca is wild and tranquil, offering an exclusive safari experience in simple, bush camp accommodation. This authentic camp can sleep up to 8 guests, which means an intimate and personalized safari experience awaits.
Accommodation at Avoca is basic and comfortable, sleeping 8 guests in either twin or double chalets, each with their own bathrooms. Each room is a little log cabin built beneath tall trees and within close proximity to the main lodge area, pool, and boma. Please note that only children over the age of 12 can be accommodated at Avoca.
The cabins have green, tiled roofs and old fashioned, farm-style windows, which are finished with bug screens. Every cabin has a wooden deck, offering a good spot from which to sit and enjoy the surrounding birdsong with a good book in hand.
There is one chalet with a double bed and en suite bathroom (shower and toilet). All rooms are equipped with bug screens, a wooden cupboard with shelving and hanging space, extra blankets, and bedside tables. The power in the rooms is solar charged, and not designed for charging batteries and cellphones.
There are 3 twin rooms, two of which share an adjacent bathroom with separate toilet and shower; and one of which has its own bathroom containing a bath tub and toilet. All rooms are equipped with bug screens, a wooden cupboard with shelving and hanging space, extra blankets, and bedside tables. The power in the rooms is solar charged, and not designed for charging batteries and cellphones.
The main camp area at Avoca is under high thatched ceilings, and houses the bar/lounge area. This communal relaxation area has a fantastic and authentic safari feel; and this is where guests will spend their evenings dining. There is a plunge pool, offering respite from the summer heat, and a boma for evenings around the campfire. The camp also has a perimeter fence, ensuring safety from the wild at all times.
There is an indoor lounge area, which is tiled and cool in the summer, but with a fireplace, which is very useful in winter. There is a classic bar counter, and behind that is a wooden partition, which leads onto the wooden deck kitted out with wicker furniture and a dining table.
The little kitchen is simple, providing all the essentials: a gas fridge, stove, and oven. All crockery, cutlery, and cookware is provided, but electrical luxuries such as a toaster and microwave are absent. This kitchen is used for guests booking the entire camp out on a self catered basis.
Every morning, hot water is boiled for you and put into an urn ready for your tea or coffee.
Avoca Bush Camp is located in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park. Morning and evening game drives offer the opportunity for fantastic game viewing, while other elements to the safari experience are bush dinners and sundowners.
The exclusive safari experience at Avoca is just as you would expect a getaway in the revered Timbavati Nature Reserve to be: full of game viewing opportunities and time out to relax and reboot surrounded by nature.
Private morning and afternoon game drives are about 3 hours long, and include a coffee stop (morning) and sundowner stop (afternoon), which have become traditional aspects of safari.
The hours in between drives can be spent relaxing at the pool, or reading a book in the lounge, on your private deck, or exploring the grounds with a camera looking for all sorts of birds that can be heard calling through camp.
Avoca Private Bush Camp is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on a family farm belonging to the Berettas – now in its 4th generation of family ownership. The Timbavati is a renowned nature reserve on Kruger Park’s western boundary, nestled between the Manyeleti in the south and the Klaserie in the north.
The camp is located about an hour’s drive from Hoedspruit, and within 30km of the Kruger’s Orpen Gate. It is an easy drive from Johannesburg, which is about 5 hours away, while the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport is only 40 minutes away, making it ideal for fly-in guests too.
Following in the footsteps of the herbivorous mammals are the carnivorous species of the South African bush. Lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, African wild dog, and the Nile crocodile are some of the prominent predators residing in the Kruger region. Smaller predators include jackal, mongoose, civet, and genet, among others.
Some of the world’s largest mammals find their home in South Africa, where elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo, and rhino reside in the wild Kruger Park. Game drives in the Timbavati Nature Reserve lead to unforgettable sightings of these large species, in addition to general game, such as zebra, impala, kudu, gnu, waterbuck, bushbuck, duiker, and steenbok.
The Timbavati habitat accommodates a complete smorgasbord of birder’s delights. Water birds such as herons, storks, plovers, spoonbills, and sandpipers are common along dam edges; kingfishers, orioles, robins, chats, larks, cisticolas, and coucals are some of the veld and woodland birds around; while birds of prey are seen and heard throughout the day.
No children under the age of 12, unless the camp is booked for exclusive use. Children aged 12 and over pay the full adult rate.
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